Afghan President Ghani Refuses to join CPEC, without Access to India

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has adopted a determined stand against being a part of the much-hyped China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his recent visit to New Delhi, said a report by Tolo News.

President Ghani said that he would not join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at any cost until and unless Islamabad allows and facilitates the connectivity between India and Afghanistan through the land (which Pakistan has been denying for a long time). According to sources, it is believed the Afghan President Ghani also refused what he stated as “Pakistan-managed” attempt to broker peace in Afghanistan.

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President Ghani’s refusal came just a week after the recent four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC), comprising Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, talks in Oman which discussed the possibility of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace talks.

During his speech at the Vivekananda International Foundation think tank in New Delhi, President Ghani said Afghanistan was fully competent of initiating a peace process by itself. “Our strategy to internal peace is to own it through Afghan government-led processes,” President Ghani said.

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Pakistan has long been proposing Kabul to eradicate “sanctuaries” for militants on its soil while both India and Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of harboring and facilitating terrorists including Afghan Taliban militants who have created havoc in Afghanistan. Both the countries have denied supporting militants, but relations between the two nations have soured in recent years, especially after strong Indo-Afghan bonhomie.